26 June 2015

Barbara A. Knoflach appointed Global Head of Investment Management

Barbara A. Knoflach is appointed Global Head of Investment Management of BNP Paribas Real Estate starting Summer 2015.

In her role, Barbara A. Knoflach will be responsible for defining the strategy for the business line and lead its effective execution through almost 300 employees in eight countries: France, Italy, Germany, United-Kingdom, Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium and Netherlands. 

In Investment Management, our ambition is to continue to grow in Europe in order to better serve our corporate customers, with the objective to reach 30 billion of Assets under Management and consolidate our position in the Top 5 European league-table,” said Thierry Laroue-Pont, Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas Real Estate. “Investment Management is a strategic business line for BNP Paribas Real Estate, therefore I am very pleased to welcome Barbara A. Knoflach. Accomplished professional, she has gained a deep understanding of the European markets and expertise in fund and asset management. She will bring a wealth of competencies to drive our teams and reach our ambitious goals in Europe.”

In 2014, BNP Paribas Real Estate's Investment Management business line raised more than €1.7 billion of new cash in 2014. At the end of 2014, it had €20.3 billion in assets under management in Europe (79% for institutional investors).

Biography of Barbara A. Knoflach

Barbara A. Knoflach (born 1965) was CEO of SEB Asset Management AG since August 2005. Before that, she was appointed managing director of the investment company SEB Investment GmbH in June 1999. Ms Knoflach joined the SEB Bank group in 1994, where she played a key role in establishing the Closed-end Real Estate Fund and Real Estate Leasing areas in the first few years.  

After finishing her business administration studies in 1986, she began her career in Deutsche Bank AG’s International Project Financing unit in Frankfurt am Main. In 1991, she switched within Deutsche Bank Group to the Consulting and Research department of the bank’s real estate subsidiary.  

Ms Knoflach served as chairman of the Board of Directors of AFIRE (Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate), and as member of the Board of BVI (German Investment Funds Association). She is a member of the Executive Board of ZIA (the German Property Federation), a member of the International Advisory Board for REAI (Real Estate Academic Initiative) at Harvard University, and a Trustee of ULI (Urban Land Institute). As chairman of the Advisory Board, she helped to create CREA® (Certified Real Estate Analyst), a program  run by IREBS (International Real Estate Business School) and DVFA (the Society of German Investment Professionals).

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